'It's been an honor': Seahawks punter Jon Ryan tweets his goodbye to 12s
SEATTLE -- It appears the longest-tenured Seahawk is moving on.
Punter Jon Ryan tweeted a farewell note from his account Monday morning, thanking the city, fans, team members and front office personnel for his 10 years as a Seahawk.
"It's been an absolute honor and privilege to play in this great city of Seattle for the past 10 years," Ryan wrote on Twitter. "I never wanted this day to come, but knew it would someday. even though I'm leaving, I will always remain a Seahawk."
No official announcement has come from the team, but the move does not come as a surprise after the Seahawks used a 5th round draft pick to select Texas punter Michael Dickson.
Undaunted, Ryan stayed with the team through the offseason and start of training camp in an effort to keep his job.
"If you let me, I'm going to compete my ass off, harder than you've ever seen," Ryan remembered saying to Seahawks GM John Schneider, according to NFL.com. "I love you. I have so much respect for you. But one way or the other, I'm going to make you look really dumb."
Ian Rapoport with NFL.com reports that Ryan had asked the Seahawks for his release so he could find another job.
Ryan has had several memorable moments as a Seahawk, but perhaps none bigger than the touchdown pass he threw in the 2015 NFC Championship game against Green Bay.
The Seahawks would save $2.6 million in salary cap money, according to NFL.com.